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Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day

Discover Poland’s most important historical sites as you combine two amazing tours, The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour and The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour in the same day! Perfect for those who have a limited time in Krakow and want to explore two of Poland’s UNESCO-listed sites.

Your day starts early with a guided visit to Auschwitz, where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during WWII's Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all.

Visit Auschwitz I - the administrative centre of Auschwitz death camp - and Auschwitz II, designed and constructed quite simply as an execution facility. Compromising of approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins, The Martyrdom Museum still has the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps. Plus you will also have the opportunity to see an original collection of exhibits and documents.

As you pay tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust, your expert guide will sensitively portray the horrors that happened at Auschwitz and you will leave with a much greater understanding of the key events in its history.

After travelling back to your original departure point, it’s time to join your second tour of the day, The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour.

One of the oldest salt mines in Europe, this ancient UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of a labyrinth of tunnels carved from salt blocks. The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established in the 19th century and now consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) of pathways, which stretches over 9 levels and descends 1,075 feet (327 meters) below the surface of the Earth.

Your guided tour takes you from 210 to 440 feet (approximately 64 to 135 meters) down, passing through galleries and chambers where traces of mining activity have been preserved. Discover examples of sacred art and see The Chapel of the Blessed Kinga - a huge, underground church where everything from the chandeliers to the altarpieces, have been chiselled out of salt.

It is a long day fitting two tours in, but it will be truly unforgettable and allow you more time during your stay to explore what Krakow has to offer.

Departure times (subject to change):

  • Tour 1: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour: The start time for this tour can be 05.45am, 05.55am or 6.25am.Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon confirmation.
  • Tour 2: Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour: This tour usually starts at 3.05pm. Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon confirmation.

Experience Includes

  • Visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow
  • Visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Guided walk exploring Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Transport in modern, comfortable minibus
  • Guided walk through the salt mine
  • See the incredible Chapel of the Blessed Kinga
  • Entrance fees

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Food and Drink (we recommend you bring a packed lunch and water)
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off

Departs

Daily, except for public holidays.

Departure location

One of the Discover Krakow Visitor Centres: 8 Szczepanski Square OR 13 Wolnica Square.

Duration

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour is around 7 hours. The journey to Auschwitz takes approximately 90 minutes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour is around 4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • This ticket allows you to participate on the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Tour and Museum tour in the morning and then join the separate Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour in the afternoon.
  • Food and drinks are NOT provided on either of these tours so we recommend you bring your own lunch and bottled water.
  • It is recommended to be ready and waiting at the departure location at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • Infants 0-5 years are free of charge, but require a child seat. Please advise at the time of booking if you are travelling with an infant.
  • According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.
  • Eating, smoking and photography inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner is forbidden at the site.
  • Please note that backpacks or handbags brought into Auschwitz cannot exceed the dimensions 30x20x10cm. Please leave these on the bus.
  • Journey time to Auschwitz from Krakow is just over 90 minutes.
  • You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum.
  • Wheelchair users can visit Auschwitz alongside an assisting person but, please note, the wheelchair must be capable of folding so that it will fit in a minibus. Also, sightseeing can be difficult due to the historical aspect of the buildings (no driveways, large steps, lots of stairs, pebbly ground etc.) and some parts of Auschwitz are available only through steps.
  • Please note, there are 800 steps to climb in the Salt Mine, of which, 350 are at the beginning to take you down into the mine. Although this walk is not overly strenuous it should be considered when booking this tour.
  • The Salt Mine tour requires lots of walking and climbing stairs and isn't suitable for those with mobilty issues.